June 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2003Frogtown, Angels Camp, California, U.S.A.
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2003 Performers


Capleton &
Special Guest
Yami Bolo


Stone Love


Lost At Last
Hamsa Lila


The Wailers
Barrington Levy
Pablo Moses
Sister Carol
Leroy Sibbles
Johnny Clarke
Mikey Dread
Fully Fullwood Band


Stur-Gav HiFi w/
Brigadier Jerry
Mighty Crown


Medicine Drum
BrazilBeat Sound System


Prince Buster
Pato Banton
Warrior King
Twinkle Bros w/
Della Grant

Peter Rowan
Big Mountain


B-Side Players
Soul Majestic
Alma Melodiosa
Music Hours
Friday: 6 pm - Midnight;
Late show till 3am for 3-day ticket holders
Saturday: 11 am - Midnight;
Late show till 3am for 3-day ticket holders
Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm




























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Press Pass


With more than a decade of achievement behind him, young deejay Capleton continues to blaze to success with fire and passion. The longevity and consistency of Capleton’s music, with its powerful lyrics and inimitable delivery, has made him undefeatable as dancehall’s ruling voice into the new century.

Born in 1967 in the rural parish of St. Mary (real name Clifton Bailey), Capleton surprised local residents with reasoning abilities that far surpassed his years. With a love of sound system culture, he craved the challenges of the city and moved to Kingston when he turned 18.

As an unknown, singing with various smaller sound systems, he pursued Stewart Brown of the Toronto-based African Star sound, and was duly rewarded. In 1987, after only a few performances with African Star in Jamaica, he was whisked overseas to Canada, where he performed with the top deejay at the time, Ninjaman, among others. Capleton’s nimble chatting and hardcore vocal style, coupled with his explosive stage presence left audiences screaming for more, and his career was away.

In keeping with the times, Capleton’s early hits were bombastic tirades, characterized by "slackness" and rude bwoy philosophy. His first big song "Bumbo Red," produced by "Faddis" Burrell, was banned from radio play for suggestive lyrics, but became a huge underground hit. The series of dancehall successes that followed included the singles "Lotion Man" and "Number One on the Look-Good Chart."

Somewhere between the end of the eighties and the release of "Alms House" in 1992, Capleton came into his spirituality, and this album, with its solid title track, came to represent a new movement, championed by Capleton, which discouraged clashes and petty rivalries in the dancehall community. In singing: "United we stand and divided we fall," he called his colleagues to attention.

Capleton’s trek toward Prophethood led him through a life-changing conversion to Rastafari, which has grown and borne fruits throughout all of his subsequent musical manifestations. "Good So," (1994) with its conscious lyrics and murderous riddims and "Prophesy," dropped in 1995, established him as a major new conscious voice in Reggae. The latter began expanding his appeal to new audiences, mixing his dancehall sound with the grit of hip-hop. This trend continued on "I Testament,"(distributed by Def Jam) and "One Mission." Slick R&B production techniques and collaborations with artists like Method Man, coupled with Capleton’s irrepressible righteousness and wicked lyrical themes were able to penetrate the US hip-hop market. A remix of the song "Wings of the Morning," made the Billboard charts.

Needing to return to his raw dancehall roots, Capleton slammed back with "Gold" and soon thereafter "More Fire." Trading polished production for classic bass lines, Capleton raised the temperature, and earned himself a new name -- the Fire Man. He also began to be known as King Shango (the Yoruba god of Fire). "Is not really a physical fire," Capleton explains, "Is really a spiritual fire, and a wordical fire, and a musical fire. You see the fire is all about a livity. But is people get it on the wrong term. People get confused. So when a man say ‘more fire’ him think that mean say you fi go light the cane field or go light the church." His fire is a righteous one, a catalyst for change and true revolution. "More Fire" included hits like "Jah Jah City," a collaboration with Morgan Heritage and "Boost No War." Capleton’s most recent full length album "Still Blazin" is a masterpiece, a gamut of clear-cut to complex riddims, live instrumentation (including kettle drums and Nyahbinghi chants), superior songwriting and haunting melodies. It is hailed by critics as his best album to date.

Capleton keeps with strict Bobo Rastafarian beliefs and bearing. His prophetic aura was forever cast in stone when, in a Jamaican performance he began improvising, chatting about the world situation, doing a song he called "Big Bombs fi Drop inna Manhattan" and then one about "Bin Laden," not insignificantly predicting the destruction of the Pentagon. That was the 26th of August, 2001, two weeks before 9/11.

Capleton is an artist that steps easily between the bashment and conscious crowds, his overpowering energy taking no prisoners. The hottest deejay in dancehall continues to blaze his own path toward the upliftment of his people.

- Mara Weiss

Additional links for this artist:

Listen To The Music of Capleton - Track List

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